Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered a broken nose, two broken teeth and a cut lip after being attacked with a souvenir at a rally in Milan on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009.
The weapon: a small plaster replica of the Milan Cathedral wielded by Massimo Tartaglia, who police say has a history of mental illness.
While the Souvenir Museum does not condone the use of souvenirs for the purpose of attacking heads of state, we have wondered how we might acquire the culprit’s cathedral to add to the museum collection. We will need a DNA test to confirm that the caked-on blood does, in fact, belong to Berlusconi.
In less than 24 hours after the attack, the souvenir has become an instant hit with tourists and residents and is reportedly selling out across Milan. If you can get one, the replica costs 12 euros.
If you’re in Milan and you’ve purchased one, send a photo of you and your trinket in front of the real cathedral to firstname.lastname@example.org!